We were created to have fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ. He died to know us. He doesn't want us to live our lives without Him, leaning on our own understanding, struggling through life as if we only lived to die. He wants to show us the light, set us free and to prosper in all things. He wants an intimate relationship with each of His children. He wants us to get to know Him. But, how do we get to know Him? By studying His Word. Didn't you know that Jesus Christ is literally, the Word that became flesh!? He was even here before creation. Everything that God made was done by speaking things into existence. Jesus was literally spoke into existence and the Word (Holy Bible) became flesh (John 1:14)! Therefore, there is NO other way on earth that we can "truly" get to know Jesus without reading the Bible: His Word. This is why the LORD's Holy word is banned in numerous countries.
There is so much power and life that comes from the Word. God doesn't want us to feel burdensome, obligated or bored when we read the Bible. He wants us to read with a glad heart that yearns for Him. It's not easy understanding the Bible because it cannot be understood without the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). God tells us to ask Him for knowledge and understanding (James 1:5) not, from Google. Run to God first before others, because He can best tell you about Him, Just as we can BEST tell others about ourselves and not folks that don't even know us...! This is why the Christian Faith is different from all others. Our God desires a relationship with His followers so desperately that He hung on the cross and died for each and every one of us (John 3:16). If this is you, I'm not trying to condemn you. I don't have that power and there's no condemnation to those that are in Christ. I'm just a living witness that there seems to be no real purpose for life or meaning without the Word of God. Without the Bible, we walk by sight (all 5 senses) and not by faith (spiritual eyes and ears). There's so many promises of God, spiritual gifts and blessings waiting for us all to grab hold of. But, we can never experience those major blessings if we don't even know that they exist. God wants us to attend church regularly but, He also wants us to read our Bibles regularly not just on Sunday's. We need the Word of God in our lives everyday so that we can slay demons (Ephesians 6) and walk in the right paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). I know from experience what it's like to live without the knowledge and wisdom of God and what it is to live with it. And, I prefer to live a life knowing God!
We have several resources to help us read the bible: bible study, children version bibles, simpler versions such as NLT & NKJV, study bibles, commentaries, and so much more! There is no excuse on the face of this earth for a believing Christian to not have a relationship with Jesus Christ through HIS WORD! It's all rooted in pride and laziness. I just want to encourage you to get intimate with the Holy Bible! My life may be the only "bible" that some may read. But, I only hope to inspire you, not force you or receive any praise because the glory and honor belongs to The Father. I'm just a sinner saved by Grace who finally decided to open up the Holy Bible so that I could get to know who my Savior was for myself! This is the divine will of God... He wants YOU to get to know Him for yourself. Sure, you can seek wise counsel but, He wants you to learn who He is so that you can fully trust Him and claim hold of the blessings He has for you. God isn't happy to see us struggling through life with no purpose. He wants you to realize that He created you for His special godly purpose. He has so much in store for YOU! He loves you so very much, no matter what you've done! He wants you to become a firm believer!! But, you have to develop your faith by daily reading His Word. Your true identity is found in the Word, not this dying world. His Word is the light in this world and it will renew your mind and transform your soul (Romans 12:2). Because once you change your thinking, you will change your life! Think like Jesus so that you can be like Jesus! All instructions to living abundant life are found in the Holy Bible!
Start with the New Testament or a daily Bible plan. Starting with the beginning of the Bible "Genesis" is completely fine but, it'll be more understanding to start with The Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We are the "Church Age" and in the dispensation of "Grace." The Bible, is alive and very powerful right NOW! Bible prophecies and the promises of God are quickly unfolding! Did you know that every Word of God is a promise!? When God said, that He'll never again flood the earth and a representation would be the sign of the rainbow, that still exists today... Ever since the time after Noah's Ark! When He said, By His stripes you are healed, YOU ARE HEALED! When He said, you can do all through Christ which strengths you, that still exists today! Everything that is written, is "yes" and "amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20)! It is finished! We can have all of these blessings!! God is the same yesterday, today, and FOREVER!
"Grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know Him better." 2 Peter 3:18